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In Puget Sound, Foraminifera Declines Have Water Quality Implications

In Puget Sound, scientists at the University of Washington have completed two studies looking at changes in the waterway’s foraminifera. By studying the single-celled organisms that live on the sea floor, the researchers say it is possible to learn more about the Sound’s changing water quality. The two investigations both relied on analysis of data collected from Puget Sound by others at the Washington Department of Ecology. These included metrics on water quality and the surrounding environment as well as sediment samples. One investigation focused on foraminifera living in Bellingham Bay , while the second looked at those in the Sinclair and Dyes Inlet , near Bremerton, Washington.

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Flood Warning Systems

Chapter Overview: Flood Warning A Real-Time Solution Streamflow Measurements Typical Flood Warning System Monitoring Location Data Management Quality Assurance Recommended Equipment Why Monitoring Matters While some areas are more prone to flooding than others, the establishment of flood warning systems near any major waterway or body of water provides critical information that can protect property and save lives. Of course, the most effective flood warning methods extend beyond the installation of gages and telemetry equipment, and employ qualified staff and carefully designed procedures to provide the earliest warning about whether a flood should be expected, when it will occur, and how severe it will be.

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Pier-Crashing Whitefish Make For Great Lake Michigan Fishing In November

One of the more unique fishing opportunities that occurs in west Michigan is the lake whitefish spawning run. Every year towards the end of November, they crash the pier heads in full force. They can be caught during the day out in the open water on single eggs or you can wait until darkness and catch them jigging along the pier. On a normal year, you can count on the run going from around the 15th of November until early December. Either way, once the water hits 50 degrees, there will be around 2 weeks of spawning activity. Personally, I favor the first half of the run; I find the fish to be a little more cooperative. There's also more room on the pier before word really gets out. This is crowded fishing, often shoulder to shoulder.

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Photos: California's Mono Lake

In the past six months, there’s been a lot of news about California’s Mono Lake. From scene-setting travel pieces to more intense discussions about its changing water levels , the lake has gotten plenty of attention. As it should. For one thing, Mono Lake is just cool. A visit there makes anybody stop and wonder how such an otherworldly place can exist on Earth. This is backed up by rising columns of tufa from the lake’s waters, as well as a toothpaste-white layer of cruddy salt that lines its banks. Throw in pink brine shrimp in its shallow areas and the effects can be truly mesmerizing.

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